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Press Release

Dentists Agree to Pay Civil Penalties Under Controlled Substances Act

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. – Dr. Gary Hartman, Dr. Arnold Berger, and Dr. Paul Berger, of Virginia Beach, have agreed to pay a combined $30,000 to settle allegations that they violated the Controlled Substances Act (“Act”) by issuing and filling prescriptions with no legitimate medical purpose.

The Government alleged that dentists Dr. Gary Hartman and Dr. Arnold Berger, and then-retired dentist Dr. Paul Berger, wrote prescriptions for Schedule II and Schedule IV substances with no legitimate medical purpose. Dr. Hartman and Dr. Arnold Berger allegedly wrote prescriptions for controlled substances, including opioids, to each other and in Dr. Hartman’s case, to Dr. Paul Berger.  All three would fill the prescriptions and bring the majority of the opioids to Dr. Hartman.

Dr. Hartman and Dr. Arnold Berger previously pleaded guilty to violating the Act. The settlements resolve their civil liability under the Act as well as Dr. Paul Berger’s civil liability under the Act.

Separately, Drs. Hartman and Arnold Berger surrendered their DEA registrations.

The resolutions obtained in this matter were the result of a coordinated effort between the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The matter was investigated by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clare P. Wuerker. The civil claims settled by this agreement are allegations only; there has been no determination of civil liability.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Public Affairs

Updated June 17, 2020